China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is a vast country in
about the same size as the
United States of America
with the world's largest population, 1.34 billion according to the 2010 census.
Popular in China
Beijing is the capital of the most populous country in the world, China, and its second largest city after
Hong Kong is a place with multiple personalities, as a result of being both Cantonese Chinese and under a more recent contemporary ex-British influence.
Shanghai is the largest and most developed city in China, the country's main center for finance and fashion, and one of the world's most populous and important cities.
We treat two adjacent areas together as the Northern Central Region of China. One is the historical heartland of the country …
East China is a key area of China historically, politically, and economically. The region is an economic powerhouse beyond even the
Pearl River Delta
in South China.
Southeast China has always been outward-looking. Many of China's mariners and traders have come from this region and most overseas Chinese can trace their ancestry to the Southeast.
Southwest China is the most exotic area of China, home to many minority ethnic groups.
The Southern Central Region of China is largely an agricultural area, but it has some quite large cities and considerable industry as well.
North East China. In ancient times, this was an area of steppes and fierce nomadic tribes, outside the
built to protect China from those tribes.
North West China was historically a border region with the beginning of the ancient Silk Road, much desert terrain, and mainly Muslim inhabitants including some nomads and rather fierce tribal groups.
Macau is a
Special Administrative Region
of China and one of the world's most densely populated spots.
Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China stretches from
Autonomous Region to
Province within the country of China.
Overland Kunming to Hong Kong
This article discusses overland travel between
, passing through another famous scenic area around
Along the Yangtze River
The Yangtze is China's greatest river and a historic transport route. This is a huge river; it is over 6,000 km long, about the same as the Mississippi.
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